Story by Darren Heartwell
Brandon Simon earned his second Grand National championship in three seasons in the Light Unlimited division in 2016. He seized this title in dominant fashion by winning seven of the nine hooks in the class.
Brandon stated, “We spent time at the dyno this winter, we re-worked the chassis for better weight distribution, analyzed computer data, and studied videos of our runs to improve for 2016. Luck of the draw that winter changes worked; they could have gone the other way.
“We didn’t have any bearing trouble this year thanks to Cen-Pe-Co. We worked with them on improving their oil and making it work better for us.”
Brandon won the first hook of the season in Benson, North Carolina and finished third in the second hook. Brandon said that one of the highlights of the season was sweeping the next two hooks in Tomah, Wisconsin.
He finished fourth in the first session in Fort Recovery, Ohio. But in the second session he started a four-hook winning streak. He won the next event in Sandusky, Ohio and then swept the final two hooks in Hudsonville, Michigan to clinch the championship.
Brandon would like to acknowledge his sponsors - Simon’s Trucking, Simon’s Cattle Company, and Cen-Pe-Co. He would like to thank his wife Jodi, daughter Braylen, and son Kash, along with his brother R.J. and brother-in-law, Jerry Wulfekuhle.
He would also like to thank his mother Darlene, and father Roger. “We appreciate our father, Roger, for all the support. He comes with us to help us read the track and set up our tractors based on his knowledge from decades in the sport.”
He would also like to thank Steve Olson “for getting our motors where they need to be and getting my clutches to lock in when I want them to, the lock-up time is perfect!”
“Thank you to our help at the shop back home—Chris, Bob, and Cody—and to John, Josh, Keith, and all the other help at the farm that lets me come out and do this!
“We look forward to 2017, we may change some things up!”